Scottsdale, AZ (PressExposure) November 19, 2008 -- Last Tuesday, Jennifer Talbot, owner of Task Crate LLC, was hypnotized by the television. With her 25 lb, 1-year old daughter hanging on her hip, Jennifer's feet were firmly planted in front of the television. Her eyes were glazed over and her mouth was wide open; she was gone. In the back of her mind, she already knew she was late for her daughter's one-year check up but she could not pull herself away from the Today Show. Minute by minute continued to pass away but her mind was being sucked into a show she really had no vested interest in. Meanwhile, her daughter still hung from her hip, as Jennifer was being sucked into the TV, so was her daughter. Finally, Jennifer snapped out of her trance. Disgusted at herself, she jetted out the door feeling frazzled, late and stressed.
Does this sound familiar? Did you know the average American watches 4 hours of TV per day? That is an average of two months a year. In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years with eyes fixed on the hypnotizing glow of television screens, just like moths to a flame. Yet, Americans often find themselves wondering how they can fit more hours into the day. How many of us have said, "If I only had more time?" Jennifer has asked herself that same question.
As she drove to her daughter's appointment she found the time she needed. Jennifer decided she would rid herself of the mind-numbing, brain-sucking vortexes throughout her household. She returned home that evening and instructed her husband to unplug all televisions and ready them for sale on Craigslist; she never looked back.
Simply by removing television from her life, Jennifer has gained more energy, is more organized and most importantly 100% focused when she spends time with her family. Jennifer no longer needs the boob tube to unwind. Now she has more time to relax while running or walking with the family in tow. She has replaced wasted hours plugged into reality TV with quality family time teaching her daughter and actively engaged with her husband. She has effectively added 2 hours to her day and her family-time by eliminating television.
It all made sense to Jennifer when her husband (who works an excess of 10 hours a day) turned to her and said, "Just by turning off the TV, I feel like I have more time with my daughter at night and that means the world to me."
Now it is your turn. Give it a try for one night. Replace 2 hours of focus on a buzzing telly with 2 hours of focus on your family, your friends or even yourself. Bring back the lost pastime of boardgames. Go for a walk. Read that dusty book on the top of the TV you keep setting aside, or (Jennifer's favorite) spend time catching up with your loved ones. You can miss a lot in one day, so it is always a good idea to ask your friends and family how their day went.
You will be amazed at how energized and pure you feel by returning to simplicity.